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‘Faith Moves Mountains’ initiative continues with $3.1 million grant to study diabetes care in appalachia

By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kristi Willett Special to KyForward Since 2004, Nancy Schoenberg, the Marion Pearsall Professor of Behavioral Science in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been principal investigator of a series of projects called “Faith Moves Mountains,” including “An Appalachian Cervical Cancer Prevention Program,” “A CBPR Appalachian Wellness and Cancer...

State teens lagging behind nation average in getting vaccines to prevent cervical cancer

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Fewer than half of Kentucky’s teenagers are getting the human papillomavirus vaccine, which is known to prevent several cancers, including cervical cancer — a disease for which Kentucky leads the nation. A federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, using data from the 2016 National Immunization Survey for teenagers, found that 48 percent...

Richmond’s new Dominion Senior Living partners the UK College of Public Health on internship program

Dominion Senior Living of Richmond is partnering with the University of Kentucky for its first internship program. The senior living community will be accepting interns from the College of Public Health for the fall and spring semesters. The community decided to partner with the university to raise awareness about the industry and to educate the next generation of senior living leaders. This partnership...

Flight 5191 investigator Hersman back in Lexington to deliver Distinguished Public Health Lecture

President and CEO of the National Safety Council Deborah Hersman will mark the 10th anniversary of the Comair Flight 5191 crash on Aug. 26 with a lecture on public safety at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Hersman served as the lead investigator of the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation of the crash, which occurred after a plane took off down the wrong runway...

New UK Public Health dean stresses role of research in eliminating care disparities

By Alicia Gregory and Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward In her former career as a nurse, Donna Arnett found herself engaging in the natural process of scientific inquiry: asking an unanswered question about a problem observed in health care, then devising a plausible solution. While working adjacent to a dialysis clinic at a Veteran’s Affairs hospital, Arnett noticed more African-American men...

SelfMade Health Network, UK College of Public Health team to reduce tobacco-related cancer

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward The incidence of tobacco-related cancer persists in Appalachia, a geographic region disadvantaged by a number of socioeconomic factors related to demographics, health care accessibility, screening behavior and environmental risks. To address tobacco-related health disparities in Appalachia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated a...

People in the News: Knapp honored by UK College of Public Health; Hong wins academic excellence award

Dr. Keith Knapp, President and Chief Executive Officer of Christian Care Communities, has been awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. The prestigious award recognizes Dr. Knapp as a transformative leader who has improved standards of care for Kentucky’s aging population by championing innovative models of elder care. Dr. Keith Knapp (Photo...

UK gets $1.8M grant to focus on lowering obesity rates in six Kentucky counties

The University of Kentucky has received a $1.8 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to focus on lowering obesity rates in the Kentucky communities most affected by this issue.   Researchers and extension personnel in UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the UK College of Public Health, will work in six Kentucky counties that have...

Saddle up Safely partnership between two UK colleges produces two horse safety booklets

By Holly Wiemers Special to KyForward   University of Kentucky HealthCare, in partnership with UK colleges of Public Health and Agriculture, Food and Environment and in conjunction with close to 50 community, equine and medical organizations, has released two new educational booklets within the Saddle Up Safely educational partnership.   One in five professional riders have serious injuries...

UK receives $3.75M to promote screening, prevent colon cancer deaths in rural Kentucky

  By Mallory Powell Special to KyForward   At 44, Sherry Payne was uncommonly young to be diagnosed with colon cancer. She was also too young to have started regular colon cancer screenings, so by the time she developed symptoms and went to the doctor, the disease had already progressed to Stage 3. It was 1998, and she was given two years to live.   “As you can see, I did not...